Paging through Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude, it's easy to see how author Libbie Summers' philosophy can be applied to each recipe. Though malted milk isn't necessarily vicious, it's a welcome contrast to the tried-and-true sweetness of chocolate. And there's plenty of malt to go around, in the form of crushed malted milk balls and malted milk powder.
With equal parts class and sass, Sweet and Vicious: Baking with Attitude is a visually arresting, stomach-gurgling work of art. It's packed with useful, and ridiculously indulgent, recipes. Bake along with us and find out for yourself just how fun being a little vicious can be.
Summer is a season of abundance, and nowhere is that more evident than in summer squash. Mother Daughter Dishes takes spare zucchini, shreds it, and turns it into a moist, indulgent chocolate cake, complete with a matching glaze.
Vanilla wafer cookies make a fine crust substitute in this take on coconut cream pie from Mother Daughter Dishes. There's plenty of coconut in the filling, as well as a toasted layer sprinkled over the fluffy meringue topping. They look especially appealing in their own ramekins, and manage to taste like you spent far more time on them than you really did.
Certainly the easiest dessert in Mother Daughter Dishes, graham cracker bites are little balls of crunchy, toasty sweetness coated in salt-sprinkled chocolate. They barely require any effort, and taste even better after a nice chill in the fridge.
Help yourself to a slice of pudding (and pie) with this old-fashioned treat from Mother Daughter Dishes. A crushed pecan crust is topped with a layer of sweetened cream cheese, then a layer of vanilla pudding, and finally, vanilla whipped cream. It firms up beautifully in the fridge, with a mouthful of textures to please the palate.
Cheryl Najafi presents a collection of dependable, foolproof family recipes in Mother Daughter Dishes: Reinventing Loved Classics. Her mission is to feature familiar dishes with inspired twists, to encourage a generation in need of kitchen confidence. As she reasons, there's no better way to learn and grow than to start with the foods you grew up eating.
Icebox pie is one of those make-ahead treats that you can look forward to all day, knowing that a cold slice is waiting for you when you get home. Fruitful's icebox pie is a cloud of blackberry whipped cream set atop a condensed milk custard, all packaged in a graham cracker crust. The super-sweet custard is a pleasant surprise, hidden under purple clouds of berry cream, and the graham cracker crust adds a delightful toasty note.
Black raspberries, tiny gems that they are, are only in season for three weeks during the summer. This recipe from Fruitful captures their tart and tangy flavor in a thick, rich buttercream that adorns spongy, fragrant vanilla cream cheese cupcakes. Each one is finished with a solitary juicy berry, the only garnish they really need.
Jewel-toned slices of sweet nectarines are gently simmered in a mix of spices and white wine for this flaky tart from Daniel Nicholson's recently released Fruitful.
Traditionally, the delicate madeleine gets its flavor from vanilla, butter and eggs. In Fruitful, Brian Nicholson adds raspberries and lemon zest, taking them from a teatime treat to an anytime indulgence.
Every good cookbook is based on a good story. Fruitful's tells of Red Jacket Orchards, the sprawling farm founded by Joe Nicholson in the 1960s. His son, Brian, spins the tale of a family seeking to escape the suburbanization of Long Island in search of peace and quiet. They found that respite in 110 acres of farmland in upstate New York. The farm produces fruit in spring, summer, and fall; over the years, it has established itself as an award-winning juice producer and become a fixture at Manhattan's Union Square Greenmarket.
Pastiera di Grano is an Easter pie that combines chewy, nutty grains with light, fluffy ricotta in a citrus-flavored pastry crust. Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes refuses to relegate it to a yearly treat, and so, these cupcakes were invented.
As if straight-up buttercream weren't indulgent enough, Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes calls for decorating these cakes with shards of crisp, salty potato chips and chopped pecans. A dollop of vanilla buttercream tops the cake, and a generous drizzle of butterscotch sauce delivers a parting shot of salty sweetness. It tastes like a day at the fair.
Robicelli's presents their take on the classic Brooklyn Blackout Cake: chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate custard buttercream, dredged in fudge glazed, and garnished with chocolate cake crumbs.
A traditional carrot cake recipe, bursting with spices and fresh carrot, is topped with a cream cheese buttercream and walnuts roasted in butter.
It's hard enough distinguishing yourself in the cupcake business, much less the dessert world, but Matt and Allison Robicelli's infectious swagger and pure passion for every aspect of their chosen trade has cleared the way for success. Robicelli's: A Love Story, with Cupcakes is brimming with enthusiasm, experience, and wit, as well as fifty over-the-top cupcake recipes.
Sometimes, A Lighter Way to Bake doesn't mean cutting corners on everything. Rather than compromising the flavor of a good shortbread, a full stick of butter is used in this recipe. Sugar is what's skimped on here, but the modest amount included is all that's needed to set off the bold flavors of cardamom and ginger.
Sponge cake batter is flavored with white chocolate, strawberries, and pistachios in these "blondies" from A Lighter Way To Bake.
These macaroons are sweet and bright with a delightful hint of citrus.
"A Lighter Way to Bake" makes use of lemon zest and vanilla to perfume a lighter version of your standard crème brûlée filling, finishing it off with chopped mango. It's light, sweet, and smells of summertime.
Host of the BBC television show "Baking Made Easy", Lorraine Pascale has released a book chock-full of recipes that use fresh, whole ingredients (no sugar substitutes!) to make a variety of treats in the comfort of your own home, sans guilt.
In this easy cobbler, piles of blueberries are topped with a fast biscuit dough and baked until bubbling. Serve it with a big scoop of ice cream, of course.
Fluffy, fried, and sweet, these corn fritters can take a powdered sugar beating. Serve them with ice cream to make them a full-on dessert.
Behold, a totally vegan, totally delicious vanilla ice cream. The secret? Pulverized cashews and coconut oil for fat, and tapioca starch for thickness. Add vegan cream cheese and almond milk, and you have a beautiful base that's just as thick and satisfying as its dairy-heavy counterpart.
Recipes often call for boneless skinless chicken thighs, yet finding them in supermarkets can be a bit of a hassle. You're far more likely to find bone-in thighs or even whole legs. Knowing how to take that bone out yourself will save you some hassle and provide you with some good bones for making stock in the process. Here's how to do it.